Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses Vow To Appeal Russia Ban In European Court

The Jehovah's Witnesses said today that it would appeal a ban on its activities in Russia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, saying it had exhausted all other legal channels.

It's coming a day after Russia's Supreme Court rejected the religious group's appeal and upheld an April ruling which declared the organization "extremist" and ordered it to disband in Russia.

"We plan to appeal this at the European Court of Human Rights as soon as we can," Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a member of the European Association of Jehovah's Christian Witnesses, said by phone.

"All legal avenues inside Russia have been exhausted."


Sivulskiy said the Jehovah's Witnesses strongly disagreed with the court's ruling against it, but had no option but to comply.

Religious life in Russia is dominated by the Orthodox Church, which exerts considerable political influence and enjoys the support of President Vladimir Putin. Some Orthodox scholars view Jehovah's Witnesses as a 'totalitarian sect'.

Prior to the ban, Russian authorities put several of the group's publications on a list of banned extremist literature and prosecutors have long cast it as an organization that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.

The group, a United States-based Christian denomination known for its door-to-door preaching and rejection of military service and blood transfusions, says this description is false.

It says it has 175,000 followers in Russia.

8 comments:

  1. Great judgement! They usually brainwash people to join before telling them that they cannot have surgery and do blood transfusion! Russia is the only country that has challenged this sort of thing. Congratulations Russia!

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    1. U should visit jw.org. It'll enlighten u more on out beliefs

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